'Boobies' Bracelet Ban Heads to Supreme Court
The highest court in the land will decide the fate of 'I ♥ boobies!' bracelets for a Pennsylvania school.
The Easton Area School District in Pennsylvania will continue its long fight against their students wearing the bracelets in question, which curmudgeonly district officials find offensive.
The school board voted 7-1 at its Tuesday meeting to ask the Supreme Court to review the legal case over the "I ♥ boobies" bracelets, which I find is a giant waste of resources because kids ditched that rubber bracelet fad a long time ago.
It all started in 2010 when two middleschool girls -- then 12 and 13 -- filed suit after they were suspended for defying their school's bracelet ban. The students, Brianna Hawk and Kayla Martinez, said they just wanted to spread awareness to other students on the school's Breast Cancer Awareness Day. They won and also won again in August when the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court's decision in favor of the girls, saying they also didn't find the bracelets disruptive.
Undeterred by those meddling kids and an exhaustive legal road ahead, the school district clasped their hand to their chest, and uttered concern "about the implications of a hyper-sexualized environment." District solicitor John Freund said the case needs review by the nation's highest court and boasted that actual state and national associations, including the National Association of School Psychologists and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, could dig into their pockets to pursue the case.
However, Frank Pintabone, the sole board member who voted against continuing the fight said, "I think we should be done with it. Let it go. We lost 20, 30 times, I don’t even know anymore." (Wompwompwomp)
The School Director and lone beacon of reason added that the case isn't worth spending more money, even if it only sets the district back $3,000.
"We don't have the money," he said. "Let it go."
Mary Catherine Roper, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, which helped the girls challenge the rule, said "I'm just really surprised that they're so determined to fight this speech case of all speech cases. (The bracelets) didn't cause any problems in the school." And cheers to the parents for letting their girls file a lawsuit -- that'll look good for college apps.
Personally, I hate those things but can you imagine Justice Antonin Scalia saying, "I (heart) Boobies"? Hilarious!
Do you think these bracelets are appropriate for school?